Road Investments, Spatial Spillovers, and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

15 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2007

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Alexander Pfaff

Duke University - Policy, Economics, Environment; Duke University - Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Juan Robalino

Universidad de Costa Rica - School of Economics

Robert T. Walker

Michigan State University - Department of Geography

Steve Aldrich

Department of Earth & Environmental Systems; Michigan State University - Department of Geography

Marcellus Caldas

Michigan State University - Department of Geography

Eustáquio José Reis

IPEA - Institute of Applied Economic Research

Stephen Perz

University of Florida - Department of Sociology

William Laurance

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Kathryn Kirby

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Abstract

Understanding the impact of road investments on deforestation is part of a complete evaluation of the expansion of infrastructure for development. We find evidence of spatial spillovers from roads in the Brazilian Amazon: deforestation rises in the census tracts that lack roads but are in the same county as and within 100 km of a tract with a new paved or unpaved road. At greater distances from the new roads the evidence is mixed, including negative coefficients of inconsistent significance between 100 and 300 km, and if anything, higher neighbor deforestation at distances over 300 km.

Suggested Citation

Pfaff, Alexander and Robalino, Juan and Walker, Robert T. and Aldrich, Stephen and Caldas, Marcellus and Reis, Eustáquio José and Perz, Stephen and Laurance, William and Kirby, Kathryn, Road Investments, Spatial Spillovers, and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 109-123, February 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=960365 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2007.00502.x

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Juan Robalino

Universidad de Costa Rica - School of Economics ( email )

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Robert T. Walker

Michigan State University - Department of Geography ( email )

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Stephen Aldrich

Department of Earth & Environmental Systems ( email )

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Michigan State University - Department of Geography ( email )

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Marcellus Caldas

Michigan State University - Department of Geography ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Eustáquio José Reis

IPEA - Institute of Applied Economic Research ( email )

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20.020-010
Brazil
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Stephen Perz

University of Florida - Department of Sociology ( email )

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United States

William Laurance

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute ( email )

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Panama

Kathryn Kirby

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Apartado 2072
Balboa
Panama

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